On Tuesday, the Antioch City Council will discuss several items from sideshow spectators to funding its water park improvements and investing in traffic calming measures. The council will also discuss cottage communities.
Here is a quick rundown of several items for Tuesday.
Discussion of Maintenance Needs and Capital Project Funding at the Antioch Water Park
The Antioch Water Park opened in 1996 and is one of the largest municipally operated water parks in the East Bay. However, many components of the Water Park are in their original condition and/or have reached the end of their useful life. The cost for replacement of most of these components is not currently budgeted.
During the 2023 General Admission Season, various pools and slides were periodically closed, sometimes for extended periods of time due to safety and/or code compliance concerns. As a result, overall park visits declined by 9.8% compared to the 2022 season and revenue declined by 28.4%. Revenue declines were exacerbated by the need to cancel private rentals (or buyouts), which typically generate net positive revenue.
The fiscal impact of the proposed unfunded projects to be addressed in FY 2023-24 is $1,485,000. The fiscal impact of the proposed engineering evaluation is $50,000. The fiscal impact of the proposed Water Park Replacement Fund will be $200,000 annually beginning in FY 2023-24. The total fiscal impact of all proposals is $1,735,000 for Fiscal Year 2023-24 and $200,000 for Fiscal Year 2024-25. Additional impacts will be shared with Council once more information is obtained. The fiscal impacts are further detailed below.
Staff is seeking direction from Council to fund items in Tables 1 and 2, the engineering evaluation, and the future capital fund. This will result in a fiscal impact of $1,735,000 for Fiscal Year 2023-24 and $200,000 for Fiscal Year 2024-25. Upon completion of the engineering evaluation, staff will return with the results along with an additional funding request, which will include the current known costs of $755,000 for the Sport Pool.
Funding for Traffic Calming Improvements on James Donlon Blvd & W 10th Street
The City staff is recommending the council adopt a resolution to approve reallocating funding in the amount of $1.085 million from the Streetlight Improvement Project in the Gas Tax Fund. This will allow the safety improvements to occur in 2024.
The improvements suggested to not include any permanent infrastructure so the city can “try the improvements first” and then allow for flexibility for future modifications if needed.
Discussion Item: Review and Consideration of City Ordinance Prohibiting Spectators at Illegal Motor Vehicle Speed Contests, Exhibitions of Speed, and Sideshows
This is a follow up from its Oct 24 meeting where the council directed staff to work on an ordinance that addresses spectators who attend sideshows. The proposed ordinance would hold spectators accountable and prohibit them from being within 200 feet of sideshow or speed racing events.
The Ordinance’s definition of a by-stander or spectator could apply to those who are found within 200 feet of the location of a sideshow, street race, or the site of the preparations for these activities, for the purpose of viewing, observing, watching, or witnessing the event as it progresses.
Any person who violates this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor subject to a maximum of six (6) months in jail, a fine of $1,000, or both, unless at the discretion of the district attorney or a court of competent jurisdiction, the violation is reduced to an infraction. The City may seek compliance with this chapter by any remedy allowed under this code and any other remedy allowed by law, including but not limited to the administrative citation procedures set forth in Antioch Municipal Code § 1-5. The amount of the administrative fine is $1,000 for each violation.
Antioch is using sideshow ordinances in the City of Pittsburg, City of Oakland, and City of San Jose as guides.
Antioch to Talk “Innovative Housing” and Accessory Dwelling Units
On Tuesday, the Antioch City Council will discuss creating an innovative housing overlay district and accessory dwelling units. The council will ultimately look to amend its municipal code allowing them to rezone either 31 or 33 parcels at 26 sites according to the agenda—in an effort to create the ability for an application for a “cottage community” to be submitted. — see full story
Antioch City Council Agenda
Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2023
7:00 P.M. – Regular Meeting
Place: Council Chambers
200 ‘H’ Street Antioch, CA 94509
Agenda – click here